Intuitive writers usually experience very high levels of shame and self-judgment around their troubles with writing. They often have difficulty even verbalizing what the problem actually is. Intuitive writers usually have no idea that the problem is not them.
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An Intuitive Approach to The Writing Process
In the general sense of the word, being intuitive means you have good instincts. However, depending on how well you know yourself, you may not trust those instincts. Other qualities of intuitive people include being introverted and highly sensitive, both physically and emotionally. So what does all this mean?
What Does It Mean to Be Intuitive?
Intuition and writing go together like clouds and rain. Or more aptly, my image is of clouds holding then releasing rain, the way our intuition holds and releases ideas, visions, connections, dreams. Many of us are puzzled by that word intuition. Some of us call it the Muse. We say the Muse visited us or the Muse failed to show up. With this notion we hold the bundle of creative energy outside of ourselves. Why would we want to disguise the partnering of our intuition and creative energy by personifying it as the Muse, a fickle being that is separate from us? Our intuition is the receptor of our direct knowing, of our sensing, of our making meaningful connections. And our intuition guides us not only in our creative writing, but also is our well-being, giving us direction to personal care in our health, relationships, environment, and in all our areas of aliveness. As far as our intuition is concerned there is no difference between our insides and our outsides.
As a young writer, I assumed everyone had a process similar to my own. It was only in an MFA that it dawned on me most writers do not work the way I do. I encountered little of my associative process in these workshops and books. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator groups people by cognitive function.